Early Assyrian Ring with Two Heraldic Bulls Next to the Tree of Life

2nd millennium BC

A silvered finger ring with heraldic design; accompanied by a museum-quality impression and typed and signed scholarly note issued by W.G. Lambert, late Professor of Assyriology at the University of Birmingham, 1970-1993, which states: 'Ancient Silver Finger Ring. This was made from a strip of sheet silver, bent to a circle and embossed and engraved. It deepens away from the join. In the centre of the design is a stylized sacred tree with central stem, two cotyledons and seven buds around the crown, and other details. To each side of the tree is an approaching bull, the one on the separated by a maltese cross, the one on the left separated by a rhomb. At each end of the strip is a kind of trefoil. The whole design is enclosed within upper and lower rulings. This is a Middle Assyrian ring, c.1400-1100 B.C. It is deeply and finely engraved and in remarkably good condition for ancient silver. Rings of this kind and quality are rare. It was probably used as a ring-seal.' 25.76 grams, 30.45mm overall, 25.54mm internal diameter (approximate size British Z+3, USA 13 3/4, Europe 32.57, Japan 31) (1 1/4"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

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